Defining the Toronto skyline, the CN Tower is Canada’s most recognizable and celebrated icon. At a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches), it is the World’s Tallest Building, an important telecommunications hub, and the centre of tourism in Toronto. Each year, approximately 2 million people visit the CN Tower to take in the breathtaking view and enjoy all the attractions it has to offer.
Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) was the world’s first multi-purpose retractable domed stadium. Crouched beside the soaring CN Tower, its round silhouette forms an unmistakable part of the Toronto skyline. Located minutes from Union Station in downtown Toronto, Rogers Centre is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. The popular venue also plays host to large concerts, trade shows and other major events.
Air Canada Centre is Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team. As of February 2009, Air Canada Centre has hosted over 26.8 million fans at close to 2000 events including sports games, as well as concerts and live events. First-class amenities complemented by a dedicated fan service program make Air Canada Centre a sought-after destination.
Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens, the Art Gallery of Ontario is now one of the ten largest art museums in North America. The AGO currently has more than 40,000 works in its collection, documenting over 2100 years of human creativity. It also houses major traveling exhibits from around the world. A complete transformation of the gallery has begun, designed by renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry, which will thrust the AGO into the world spotlight when it opens in 2008.
The ROM contains Canada’s largest museum collections with more than five million objects. The collections grow by approximately 67,000 items each year, reflecting the Museum’s diverse interests. The collections are extraordinary in their scientific value, territorial and disciplinary range, containing matchless artifacts of importance. A major expansion and renovation of the ROM is underway, set to be completed in mid-2006, that will dramatically transform the museum into an architectural marvel in the heart of the city.
Toronto has a diverse and lively performing arts scene, with some 75 productions on stage each month. There is truly something for every taste – glittering Broadway musicals, mid-size dramas, stand-up and sketch comedy, opera, dance, symphonies and festivals to satisfy even the most devoted theatre-goer. Toronto is the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world, after London and New York City.
The Toronto Zoo is one of largest zoos in the world, covering over 287 hectares (710 acres). The zoo has over 5,000 animals, representing more than 460 different species. In addition to many children’s exhibits and activities, there are over 10 km of walking trails for visitors to navigate through.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn. Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the Kingdom Quest ride to an amazing recreation of the Toronto’s most iconic buildings, the Centre not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.
Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s premier theme park. It features over 200 attractions, including 65 rides, exciting live events, a 20-acre water park and North America’s greatest variety of coasters. Located off Highway 400 north of Toronto, it offers plenty of options for thrill-seekers and families alike.
Centreville Amusement Park is located on the islands that jut out into Lake Ontario just south of Toronto’s city centre. Ferries from the mainland shuttle visitors across Toronto Harbour to the islands every 15 minutes. Stroll around and admire the view from over 600 acres of parkland, or take advantage of over 30 rides and attractions and a variety of food outlets.
The Ontario Science Centre pioneered the concept of interactive science museums, and has attracted 37 million visitors since opening on September 27, 1969. A favourite of students of all ages, it has displayed a wide variety of fascinating exhibits covering all branches of science as well as explorations of behavior, technology and the universe. While also playing host to many international exhibits, the Centre is a leading developer of interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world. It is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation and expansion.
The CNE is the largest annual fair in Canada and one of the most cherished Toronto traditions since 1879. Every summer during the second half of August it takes place by the shores of Lake Ontario just west of the downtown core. Always a favourite family activity, it features all kinds of games, rides, shows, special events, demonstrations, performances, food and shopping.
Historic Fort York was the location of the Battle of York during the War of 1812. It is very well-preserved and now offers a fascinating re-creation of what a soldier’s life would have been like 200 years ago. It is designated as a National Historical site, and offers tours and full-costume demonstrations that take visitors back to a time when Toronto was in its infancy.